We can rebuild him

Another trip down memory lane with another 1998 pipe donation needing some work.  This pipe, which I informally dubbed the Marlowe after a certain PI, was one of the most difficult things I’d tried at the time, though looking at it now it’s a terribly clunky thing – To my Read more…

Meet the Gnomes!

Back when we were readying to leave Brittany to return to the US, we had to choose what we brought and what we left behind.  We brought all of our morta stock, all of our briar stock, and roughly 20,000 rough-turned Ligne Bretagne stummels in medium and larger sizes.  What Read more…

“But I won’t do that”

I thought I might talk about the rules that individual pipemakers work by, in terms of form vs function.  I’ve seen a lot of beautifully sculptural pipe shapes in the past few years, and I love the looks of them and admire their originality and would make similar work myself, Read more…

Making a freehand

This is going to be a long post, but I’ll try to keep the words to a minimum and let the photos do most of the talking.  Basically, this is how I make a freehand, and when I say “freehand”, I mean a pipe with no advance planning as far Read more…

Social Marketing 101

Social Marketing.  It’s a buzzword (Buzzphrase?) that everyone talks about, who sells online.  It can also be one of the most fucking annoying things ever, when people do it poorly.  I have been effectively doing social marketing online for my own business successfully now for 16 years, and what I Read more…

Make a Billiard

Here’s a little pop psychology help – Some thoughts on motivation and mood, if you will.  It’s October here, and that means it’s time to make Talbert Halloween Pipes.  This is a high stress, high concentration task that requires a lot of focus and confidence and a good clear pipeline Read more…

Thanksgiving

Yep, that’s a movie poster, but have no fear, you haven’t accidentally wandered into our “other” blog, Kentucky Fried Popcorn – Instead, it’s a reference to what I want to write about today, which is not pipes but the pipe community and our community of fellow humans in general.  I Read more…

Pipes of Interest

For several days now, I’ve had in my To-Do list the nagging, unchecked reminder that the Pipe Blog is due for a new article (Yes, I now have reminders scheduled into my To Dos, to be sure that the blog is updated regularly and avoid those 6 month long desert Read more…